Link Building Is Not Illegal (or Inherently Bad) with Matt Cutts

Matt Cutts: Link Building Is NOT Illegal!

  An interview with Matt Cutts, Google Distinguished Engineer, and head of the Google Webspam Team. Jump below the image to begin! Eric Enge: There are people who think link building is illegal now. Is link building illegal? Matt Cutts: No, link building is not illegal. Eric Enge: Really? Matt Cutts: It’s funny because there are some types of link building that are illegal, but it’s very clear-cut: hacking blogs, that sort of thing is illegal. Eric Enge: Of course, people are ... Read More >

Misuse of Big Data Can Cost You at the Cash Register

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The good folks at BloomReach shared some data with me recently. This data showed how "gift" oriented search queries differ from other types of queries. In the process of reviewing this I realized that it provides an excellent example of how drawing premature conclusions from data can cause you to make bad mistakes. As background to the source of the data, BloomReach provides a product called BloomSearch that is in use by a large number of e-commerce web sites. The product enables those sites to ... Read More >

Two Exercises for a Simple, Real-Life Mobile SEO Audit

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Mercedes made headlines recently with their revamped mobile site. The good news is that they were able to increase mobile traffic 85% year to date, and 170% over last year. The bad news is that when I looked at their revamped site it was evident that they didn’t account for SEO as part of the redesign, and could have driven mobile traffic up much more if they had.  Recently in Search Engine Land I explained that mobile SEO is not a myth. To further prove that it exists I’m going to go through a basic ... Read More >

A Mathematical Model for Assessing Page Quality

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Guest Post by Ashutosh Garg In this article, by page quality we refer to quality of a page with respect to a search query and a user who issued the query. Page quality is a broad concept and depending upon the actual context in which one plans to use quality score, the actual algorithm will vary. Instead of going into a specific algorithm, this article will present a framework in which to think about page quality and how one can morph it to fit one's unique situation. Some of the situations ... Read More >

Stefan Weitz on Quora Integration and Social Data Sets

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhHLTmSHPW8 Key Points Quora is one of the latest networks that Bing has socially integrated into search. Quora helps to disambiguate and make sense of some of the different facets of certain search terms. The goal of using Quora (and other social integrations Bing is doing) is to replicate the very human characteristic of involving others in decision-making. Actions, opinions, and recommendations are happening all around us, it's not as if we need to say anymore ... Read More >

Mobile SEO, Which is Better: Same URL or Mobile Subdomain?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNOGRMGDIqs Full Transcript Eric Enge: My name's Eric Enge. I'm the CEO and Founder of Stone Temple Consulting. We're a general purpose internet marketing optimization firm that does pay-per-click, SEO, social media, and various other things to help people increase their sales and traffic from search. I'm here today with Cindy Krum. Cindy, can you give us a little background on yourself? Cindy Krum: I'm the CEO and Founder of MobileMoxie based in Denver, Colorado. ... Read More >

Personalization In Google Search Results With Bruce Clay

Today’s post is focused on a hot topic in search: Personalization. Personalization is Google’s attempt to personalize search results based on a variety of individual factors, including web history, social connections, and much more. In the following video, Eric interviews Bruce Clay of Bruce Clay, Inc. gives his thoughts on Google and personalization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pTNP5cOb2k Key Points Web history has existed for 5 years, and Google uses this information to tailor search results ... Read More >

Rel=Author Defined with Google's Sagar Kamdar

Key Points from Interview with Sagar Kamdar This interview transcript is from the March 13th, 2012 conversation I had with Sagar Kamdar, who heads up the authorship program at Google. This provided some simple, straightforward clarity on how it works, and some of the various scenarios for implementation. Here are some of the key points from the interview: Google sees the authorship program as a way to connect authors and readers who are a fan of their work. The original 3 link method is still ... Read More >

The Future of Search and Social Integration, Interview With Andrew Shuman

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An Interview with Andrew Shuman of Bing Key Points from This Interview I had a fascinating chat with Andrew Shuman about the adCenter UI and the integration of search and social media. He provided a lot of great insights on what some of the opportunities are, and some of the challenges as well. Here are some of the key points from the interview: Re: search and social integration: "There is also a very interesting scale problem there. As with traditional search, we have to query a massive numbers ... Read More >

How Google Does Personalization with Jack Menzel

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Key Points One of the hot areas in search is personalization. Google recognizes that personalization is a way to offer people better search results. How this works has a big impact on SEO, and I had the opportunity arise to speak with Jack Menzel and jumped at it. Here are some of the key points from the discussion: People confuse context with personalization, and these are different things. Context includes factors such as language, location, and time of year. (Jack:) "A lot of people assume ... Read More >